Earlier this morning, Netflix announced it was picking up an animated children’s series “Beat Bugs,” featuring the music of The Beatles. Not to be outdone, rival Amazon is bringing viewers its own kids show reviving a British classic.
Today, Amazon announced it has ordered four 13-episode seasons of kids series “Thunderbirds Are Go,” a reinvention of “Thunderbirds” (1964–66), a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the husband and wife team who were later responsible for “Space: 1999” (1975–77).
The first season is scheduled to debut on Prime Video in the U.S. later this year and will subsequently air on Prime Video in the U.K., Germany and Austria.
The original show had electronic marionette puppets “acting” against a backdrop of scale models, a process the producers dubbed “Supermarionation.” (The technique was used by “South Park” creators Trey Park and Matt Stone in their satirical 2004 feature “Team America: World Police.”)
Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop, the new series is being made using a unique a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. The series made its broadcast debut in New Zealand on TV2 2015, and it has since been sold to more than 40 countries worldwide
Set in 2060, “Thunderbirds Are Go” tells the story of the Tracy family, who work for International Rescue, a sea, land, air and space rescue organization. Actress Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) voices the character of Lady Penelope.
“Thunderbirds Are Go” is executive produced by Estelle Hughes (“Driver Dan’s Story Train”), Giles Ridge (“Pocoyo”), Richard Taylor (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Andrew Smith (“District 9”) David Scott (“LEGO Star Wars”) and Theo Baynton (“The Wotwots”) direct from scripts by Rob Hoegee (“Generator Rex,” “Teen Titans”).